PRWeek US Power List 2016

Vision. Brains. Collaborative. Relentless. Respectful. When these key qualities, whether learned or innate and honed by time and experience, come together, they create a powerful figure in the world of integrated communications. PRWeek asked peers, colleagues, friends, and mentors to shed light on the leader behind the title.

As an added bonus, Power List heavy hitters Andy Polansky and Richard Edelman go one on one to talk about the most important trends defining the world of communications and today's intensively competitive market.

The Power List

Andy
Polansky

By Gail Heimann

Andy Polansky - By Gail Heimann

Dan
Bartlett

By PRWeek staff

Dan Bartlett - By PRWeek staff

Jay
Carney

By Jake Siewert

Jay Carney - By Jake Siewert

Richard
Edelman

By Harris Diamond

Richard Edelman - By Harris Diamond

Tony
Cervone

By Andy Polansky

Tony Cervone - By Andy Polansky

Karen
van Bergen

By John Saunders

Karen van Bergen - By John Saunders

Jennifer
Palmieri

By Stephanie Cutter

Jennifer Palmieri - By Stephanie Cutter

Steve
Dowling

By PRWeek staff

Steve Dowling - By PRWeek staff

Ray
Day

By Oscar Suris

Ray Day - By Oscar Suris

D’Arcy
Rudnay

By Brian Roberts

D'Arcy Rudnay - by Brian Roberts

Dave
Samson

By Charlene Wheeless

Dave Samson - By Charlene Wheeless

Jon
Iwata

By Roger Bolton

Jon Iwata - By Roger Bolton

Caryn
Marooney

By Tucker Bounds

Caryn Marooney - By Tucker Bounds

Rachel
Whetstone

By Tim Allan

Rachel Whetstone - By Tim Allan

Sean
Spicer

By PRWeek staff

Sean Spicer - by PRWeek staff

Donna
Imperato

By Martin Sorrell

Donna Imperato - By Martin Sorrell

Diane
Pelkey

By Bret Werner

Diane Pelkey - By Bret Werner

Robert
Gibbs

By Ben LaBolt

Robert Gibbs - By Ben LaBolt

Katrina
Pierson

By PRWeek staff

Katrina Pierson - By PRWeek staff

Deirdre
Latour

By Beth Comstock

Deirdre Latour - By Beth Comstock

Joe
Lockhart

By Don Baer

Joe Lockhart - By Don Baer

Stacey
Tank

By Deirdre Latour

Stacey Tank - By Deirdre Latour

Fred
Cook

By Burghardt Tenderich

Fred Cook - By Burghardt Tenderich

Suzanne
McCarron

By Dave Samson

Suzanne McCarron - By Dave Samson

Oscar
Suris

By Mike Fernandez

Oscar Suris - By Mike Fernandez

Corey
duBrowa

By Vivek Varma

Corey duBrowa - By Vivek Varma

Charlene
Wheeless

By Nick Ashooh

Charlene Wheeless - By Nick Ashooh

Rob
Flaherty

By Bob Feldman

Rob Flaherty - By Bob Feldman

Stuart
Smith

By Miles Young

Stuart Smith - By Miles Young

Dan
Tarman

By Mohamed El-Erian

Dan Tarman - By Mohamed El-Erian

Don
Baer

By Kim Hunter

Don Baer - By Kim Hunter

Barry
Caldwell

By David Steiner

Barry Caldwell - By David Steiner

Janice
Kapner

By PRWeek staff

Janice Kapner - By PRWeek staff

Frank
Shaw

By Torod Neptune

Frank Shaw - By Torod Neptune

Torod
Neptune

By Melissa Waggener Edstrom

Torod Neptune - By Melissa Waggener Edstrom

Jim
Mahoney

By Brian Moynihan

Jim Mahoney - By Brian Moynihan

Jake
Siewert

By PRWeek staff

Jake Siewert - By PRWeek staff

John
Saunders

By Dave Senay

John Saunders - By Dave Senay

Jason
Cone

By Sophie Delaunay

Jason Cone - By Sophie Delaunay

Lauren
Wesley Wilson

By Elise Mitchell

Lauren Wesley Wilson - By Elise Mitchell

Kim
Hunter

By Brad MacAfee

Kim Hunter – By Brad MacAfee

Michael
Sneed

By Craig Rothenberg

Michael Sneed - By Craig Rothenberg

Tim
Dyson

By Richard Eyre

Tim Dyson - By Richard Eyre

Peter
Granat

By PRWeek staff

Peter Granat - By PRWeek staff

Mónica
Talán

By Lori George Billingsley

Mónica Talán - By Lori George Billingsley

Aedhmar
Hynes

By Jon Iwata

Aedhmar Hynes - By Jon Iwata

Sally
Susman

By Richard Edelman

Sally Susman - By Richard Edelman

Dale
Bornstein

By Tim Dyson

Dale Bornstein - By Tim Dyson

Bryan
Specht

By Pete Marino

Bryan Specht - By Pete Marino

Barby
Siegel

By Nancy Ruscheinski

Barby Siegel - By Nancy Ruscheinski

Great Communicators

Bernie Sanders: The democratic presidential candidate built a massive, dedicated grassroots following by appealing to the millennial generation and pushed Hillary Clinton all the way.

The Stanford rape victim: She wrote and read a powerful 12-page letter to her attacker after he received only a six-month sentence. The letter has been viewed more than 11 million times on BuzzFeed.

Watson: Far beyond its early days of winning Jeopardy!, IBM’s computer system analyzes and learns from natural language to help users across areas from cybersecurity to healthcare.

Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook, author of Lean In, and advocate for equal treatment of women in the workplace has shared her personal struggle around the sudden loss of her husband.

Justin Trudeau: The second youngest Canadian Prime Minister and a politician exudes authenticity and accessibility, especially with the younger demographic, and is looking for more diversity in government appointments.

CEOs who get it

Dan Schulman: Schulman communicated PayPal’s position on LGBT rights with striking clarity: by pulling the plug on a planned $3.6 million facility in North Carolina after the state passed its new House Bill 2 bathroom law.

John Legere: T-Mobile’s Legere is the embodiment of the Un-carrier, a walking, talking PR machine with a penchant for brash talk and savvy social media.

Kat Cole: From waitress to head of global training and helping Hooters grow from 100 to more than 400 locations internationally by 24, Cole is now group president of Focus Brands, working with Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, and Carvel. Her comms style is no nonsense, truthful, and goes the extra mile to make sure employees feel valued.

Elon Musk: Billionaire businessman, visionary extraordinaire, Musk has articulated a vision that has brought his audience to Mars’ doorstep — communications pro indeed.

Doug McMillon: At the helm of an often- divisive brand, McMillon conveys a corporate culture at Wal-Mart that emphasizes the well-being of employees, consumers, and the communities he serves.

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